The Derby-based company have built the complex inner workings of a Trent 1000 jet engine from Lego!
The structure took four people eight weeks to build. Over 160 different engine parts were built and stuck together in order to create the replica. The whole engine was scrutinised and replicated to open the Farnborough International Airshow.
Among the most complex Lego structures ever built, the engine is a 50% replica of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000, the engine which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Paul Stein, Rolls-Royce, Chief Scientific Officer, said:
“Engineers have critical roles to play in solving the challenges of tomorrow, not least designing aircraft engines that will power people to the furthest corners of the world more efficiently. What we do is exciting and we hope that this representation of our technology will help to enthuse and inspire the potential scientists and engineers of the future about the career opportunities they could pursue.”
The Lego version of the Trent 1000 was built buy a team of graduates and apprentices from Rolls-Royce accompanied by experts in Lego, Bright Bricks.
One of the architects, Ben Russell, a Higher Technical Apprentice at Rolls-Royce confirmed:
“This is been such an exciting project to be a part of and something I never imagined I’d get to do. Working as an apprentice in a high tech company like Rolls-Royce gives you the opportunity to learn about some of the most fascinating and advanced products in the world and I hope our Lego engine will show others how exciting a career in engineering can be.”
Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 facts
- The nine feet long Trent 1000 front fan sucks in up to 1.25 tonnes of air every second at take-off.
- Blades inside the engine rotate at 13,500 rpm. Their tips reaching 1,200mph (twice the speed of sound).
- The hottest parts of the engine can get around half as hot as the surface of the sun!
- Air can leave the nozzle at the back of the engine at almost 900 mph.